'''Charles Sylvester''' (1774–1828) was a chemist and inventor born in Sheffield
, United Kingdom
. He worked on galvanization
, public building heating and sanitation, and railroad friction amongst other things. A book, ''Industrial Man: The Life and Works of Charles Sylvester'' by Ian Inkster, Ph.D., of Nottingham University, and Maureen S. Bryson, B.S., published in 1999 is a comprehensive work covering his life, his extended family and pedigree, and his published works; including ''Poems on Various Subjects'', 1797; ''The Epitome of Galvanism'', 1804; ''Appendix of the Elementary Treatise on Chemistry'', 1809; ''Philosophy of Domestic Economy'', 1819; ''On a Method of expressing Chemical Compounds by Algebraic Characters'', 1821; ''On the Motions produced by the Difference in the Specific Gravity of Bodies'', 1822; ''Report on Rail-roads and Locomotive Engines'', 1825; and ''On the best method of Warming and Ventilating Houses and other Buildings'', 1829....